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Q: Will Mike Trout be in top form when he returns after the All-Star break?
A: Not quite. His recovery has been a smooth one so far, but it has been very fast. Even if his thumb feels good, it will take some time for him to regain his strength and return to his MVP form. The good news is he reported no pain during his rehab outing, so now he just needs to get his swing back and get in more practice. He is still a High Injury Risk because any hand injury to a baseball player is a big deal, but he should slowly start to improve over the next month.
Q: Why hasn’t Madison Bumgarner pitched well on his rehab assignment?
A: MadBum is expected to make his final rehab start on Monday, although his other appearances did not go very well. His Injury Risk has improved from High Injury Risk to Elevated, but his Health Performance Factor remains Below Average. This is an indication that his shoulder injury still needs more time to heal and will affect his performance. It’s going to be at least a few more weeks before we see Bumgarner back to his old self, dominating hitters. It’ll happen, but any injury to a pitcher’s throwing arm can have lingering affects. He may not return to form and consistently be the ace we expect him to be until the end of this season or even next year.
Q: How long will Trea Turner be out? Is his fracture like Freddie Freeman’s?
A: Turner’s fracture appears to be in a similar spot as Freeman, and neither player needed surgery. Freddie has returned to the Braves’ lineup after seven weeks on the DL. The Nationals have not provided a projected recovery time, but it should be similar. The Nationals should have the ability to bring him back slowly with little competition in the NL East and their sights set on the playoffs. Both players had a non-displaced wrist fracture, which the Inside Injuries algorithm calculates as a grade 3 injury. They come with an Optimal recovery Time of seven weeks, so the bone should be fully healed in that time. It will take additional time to regain strength in the hand return to pre-injury form.
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